Love in Paris by Whiskers and Willow Photography
I think Paris smells not just sweet but melancholy and curious, sometimes sad but always enticing and seductive. She’s a city for all the senses, for artists and writers and musicians and dreamers, for fantasies, for long walks and wine and lovers and, yes, for mysteries.
— M. J. Rose

As we journey through life we put our faith in destined moments. In times when inexplicable events take place that lead us back to our destined path. Our path to finding the one whom our soul truly belongs. Kendall and Marco's love was destined from the moment they met and yet their story is one of true destiny. Captured beautifully in Paris by Whiskers and Willow Photography, we are elated to share their beautiful story with you.

From the couple: "Marco and I met at work. Boring right? Well, there's more to our story then that simple statement. Marco came in for an interview and was being shown around the office. I happened to walk by during his tour and was stopped by his cousin asking if I had met him yet. We did the normal pleasantries you do when you meet someone, and I kept walking. Little did I know, he had turned to his cousin and excitedly asked "Who is that?" To which her response was "did you not see the rock on her finger?" I was engaged at the time.

When he first started at our company, we didn't really interact much. It wasn't until about 2 months into him being there, he stopped me and said "I just wanted you to know that I'm more than just her cousin, and I think we could be good friends." We would occasionally grab lunch, got to know each other more, and sure enough, he was right. We became good friends.

As I'm sure you've figured out by now, the wedding was called off, and Marco decided he didn't want to wait. 3 weeks later he asked me on our first date. We went to Dave and Busters, where I kicked his butt in skee-ball, ate dinner at a really good local Italian restaurant, and ended the night on a Ferris wheel. Needless to say it was perfect.

Fast forward a year later, I was turning 30, and we wanted to celebrate in a big way. After much back and forth of the different places we could go, he took me to Paris! He knew it was the only place in this world I have ever truly dreamed of visiting.

When we got to Paris, it exceeded every expectation we had. The architecture, the art, the bakeries, the wine, all of it was a dream come true. We were there for 10 days, walked over 60 miles, saw as much art, architecture and history as we could, and to Marco's highlight, even got to meet Weird Al Yankovich.

When planning the trip, I knew pictures of the two of us would be limited to selfies and asking complete strangers if they would be willing to take a photo for us. While there is nothing wrong with this, I wanted to make sure we had photos we'd be able to cherish since we were going on my dream vacation. It took a little convincing, but luckily Marco agreed.

We chose to do our session in the Jardin des Tuileries, not only because they are beautiful and encompass everything we love about Paris (beautiful gardens and unbelievable architecture), but because of the giant Ferris wheel at the gardens, paying homage to our first date. We wanted to make sure wherever we chose was not only picturesque, but special to us. We didn't realize it would be such a central part of our trip. Every area we explored in Paris, we had to walk through the gardens to get to. We ended up spending a lot of our time there, making the location that much more special.

We cannot thank Jackie and Matt enough from Whiskers and Willow for capturing these beautiful, timeless images that we will treasure forever."

We are a husband and wife team who have been together since high school. Together, we are film photographers that aim to make our couples feel confident and at ease in front of our cameras. And we find so much joy creating artful images that tell the story of each unique wedding day. We are lovers of light, romance, playful frolicking and a touch of whimsy. And we have a passion for timeless images that will continue to tell love stories for years to come.
— Jacqueline Benthuysen and Matthew Ruppel